How do you refresh?
Financial stress. Emotional stress. Family stress. Work related stress. I could go on and on about all the different kinds of stress one experiences on a daily basis. Do we step away from it & tell oneself to chill out for just a second?
Ever since I had to leave a job I loved back in mid December, I’ve been stressing. I didn’t have a choice, my knee pain was getting worse. I didn’t know how I was going to pay rent, or if I could buy food & other expenses. I thought I was going to lose everything in storage in New Jersey which includes pictures of my mom and son.
It was too much. I was tired of refreshing. It was like pressing the refresh button on your life so much, all the refreshes weren’t making a difference. I had to tell myself, “it’s going to be ok, it’s going to be ok” until I actually believed it.
Everything worked out and I’m doing alright. The only thing I’m stressing just a little bit is how much pain I’ll experience after surgery. I don’t have high tolerance of pain, but like all my friends have been telling me, it will be better for me on the long run.
In saying that, how was I able to refresh myself during these past stressful months? I listen to music & do those pixel number art things. There’s like over a thousand boxes with numbers & you fill them in. It takes me about 4 days with 45 minutes each to complete a picture! It has distressed me a lot. I’ve completed several pictures already! Lol!
A dolphin that I’m working on now is almost completed (not shown) and another I’m working on is Godzilla’s eye or something. Looks pretty cool.
I watch travel & food videos on YouTube. I try to learn new things. I was watching a travel video of Dracula’s castle which then lead me to research more in depth things about him.
I take naps to refresh. I call up friends. I write long emails to my close friends on Twitter & I’m always encouraged by their long emails back to me. I love how they support me & understand my little rants & thoughts.
But my favorite way of refreshing is spending time with my son & hearing about his day at school & after school activities. We laugh & just talk.